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What Time Is It In Hawaii

We are asked frequently, “What time is it over there?”  It isn’t just the time zones that make this a reasonable question, it’s the fact that the state of Hawaii does not observe Daylight Savings Time.  

We are asked frequently, “What time is it over there?”  It isn’t just the time zones that make this a reasonable question, it’s the fact that the state of Hawaii does not observe Daylight Savings Time.

 

In something like 80 countries and most of the U.S., we set our clocks forward one hour beginning the second Sunday of March and keep it there until the first Sunday of November. 

 

The reasons most of the world observes Daylight Savings Time or DST, are many.  Extending the clocks forward one hour gives one the benefit of an extra hour of daylight in the evening.  This has positive effects on such things as health, traffic safety, but mostly it is done to allow us more time for summer outside leisure activities and to save money and resources with less power usage.

 

Hawaii is located in the tropical, southern latitudes.  We get very little variation in our available hours of daylight throughout the year.  In June, the sun sets around 7pm which carries throughout the summer.  By January, the sun sets around 6 pm which is not much of a change.  Since there is very little to be gained by setting our clocks forward an hour, the state of Hawaii formally chose in 1967 not to observe DST. 

 

This is helpful knowledge when you are planning your trip to Hawaii from the mainland.  From mid-March to early November, when it is 8:00 am in Hawaii, it is 11:00 am on the west coast and 2:00 pm on the east coast.  Since the clock is not moved forward one hour in March, they do not have to move it back one hour in November.  From early-November to mid-March, when it is 8:00 am in Hawaii, it is only 10:00 am on the west coast and noon on the east coast.



 
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